Plant Care Dragon's mouth

Dragon's mouth

About Dragon's mouth

Dragon's Mouth Orchid is a perennial herbaceous wildflower in the orchid family that is native from Canada south to the Carolinas. It prefers boggy sites, swamps, wet meadows and especially sphagnum bogs. The plant is named for the fountain nymph Arethusa and the flower suggests an animal's open mouth. Transplanting this orchid from the wild is rarely successful and they are generally not sold commercially.

Taxonomy

Arethusa bulbosa
Arethusa
Orchidaceae
Asparagales

Also known as

Dragon's mouth, dragon's mouth orchid, Arethusa and Aret

How to care for Dragon's mouth

Water

How often to water your Dragon's mouth

Water needs for Dragon's mouth
0.5 cups
every 9

Dragon's mouth needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

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Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
Light

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Finding light for Dragon's mouth in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Dragon's mouth: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Dragon's mouth love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Dragon's mouth does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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Nutrients

How to fertilize Dragon's mouth

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Dragon's mouth: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Dragon's mouth after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Dragon's mouth is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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Care Summary for Dragon's mouth

Dragon's mouth


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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